Saturday 29 October 2016

Less is More Week #300 - Lucky Dip!

Hi there

We have five Saturdays falling in October so at Less is More this week we have a Lucky Dip challenge for you.  It also happens to be our 300th challenge so what better theme to have for our challenge this week than...

Celebrations and Festivals

As with all our Lucky Dip challenges we also have a lovely Guest Designer joining us and this time we have the super talented Julie Beech along for the ride.  I had the pleasure of meeting this truly wonderful lady in July at the Happy Little Stampers Craft Retreat, and hopefully we will meet again at some point, we had a great time.  So, as well as my LIM teamies I'm sure Julie would love it if you popped by her blog.

So, on to my DT card (apologies, just the one this week), and I decided to go with balloons for the celebration theme, and I chose a colour scheme which would be suitable for a guy or a girl....I find masculine cards so difficult but this one I think is a good option...

On a panel of white cardstock I sponged ink through the balloon stencil, masking each one and overlapping them.  I heat embossed the sentiment in white on a strip of black cardstock.  The stars were stamped in VersaMark and heat embossed in silver before the sentiment strip was adhered to the panel.  And then the panel was popped up on 3D foam.

Materials used:

  • Stencil: MFT - Big Balloons
  • Ink: Distress Ink - Wild Honey, Lucky Clover, Broken China; VersaMark
  • Stamps: Clearly Besotted - Fancy Sayings; Uniko - Balloon Bash
  • Embossing Powder: Wow! - Opaque Bright White and Metallic Silver

Challenge entries:

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes
AAA Cards - Game #76 - Masculine
STAMPlorations - October Challenge - Stamps and Sponging

Thanks so much for visiting today.  I'm sorry it's been really quiet here lately, just been a busy time to be honest.  I'm aiming to get more crafting done soon and to find more time to return all your lovely visits.  I really appreciate all the support you give me so thank you so much xxx


  1. I've a bit of a thing for balloons so your card is so my cup of tea and I love it! Thanks for playing at AAA Cards.

  2. I absolutely love this design, the overlapping of the balloons looks fantastic, the colour choice is unusual but totally stunning and it works a treat for those guys so I'm thrilled to see you've linked up at AAA Cards too. I now want to get all inky and blendy seeing this so thanks for the inspiration. x

  3. You have captured the translucency of party balloons so perfectly with your amazing sponging Anita and the embossed stars are the perfect highlight. What a sensational card! It's all the better for being 'unisex' too. I know exactly what you mean about being so busy and have the same intentions as you to craft and comment more as soon as possible. Hope things calm down for you really quickly. xx

  4. This is fantastic, such gorgeous bright but translucent colours and really cheerful in feel! I love those little sprinklings of stars, and the pop of the black sentiment strip. Super card! Hope life calms down for you soon. It's felt like such a crazy year in general, hasn't it, just whizzing by with so much to do. Roll on quieter times! x

  5. Love those soft balloons Neets, the little stars are the perfect touch.
    It was indeed good to get together in the summer, I think it went by far too fast, let's hope we can all meet up soon.
    Oh and thanks for sharing it with us at STAMPlorations too. :)

  6. I love the way that the overlapping colours between your balloons adds real depth to the design along with the fab stars! Your card is fabulous and would work for loads of occasions. I hope life slows down a bit for you soon xx

  7. So beautiful and festive...your balloons are simply amazing.

  8. I just love this card. The transparency you captured is awesome.

  9. Awesome card, brilliant for men and women, I know I'd love to receive it.
    Thank you for joining us at Simon Says Stamp this week X

  10. I just love balloons and this card is just so perfect. Love how you added the cluster of stars!

  11. Beautiful balloons! All those inbetween colours are so fun! Thanks for playing along at AAA Cards :)

  12. Fabulous stamping - lovely card.

  13. Wonderful inking and stamping Anita... just ever!
    Chrissie xx

  14. Those embossed stars are a fabulous addition!

  15. Absolutely love this card. Good for all genders and all ages. And on top of all this, it's gorgeous!

  16. LOVE all those balloons! Thanks for playing at STAMPlorations monthly challenge!

  17. This is fabulous! Love the way you inked the balloons, the fun colors and the black sentiment strip.

  18. Wonderful card - love the way you layered the balloons!
    Helen x

  19. Brilliant balloons, Anita ... festive, gorgeous and so celebratory! Anita :)


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